dba Holistic Family Therapy
I offer in-person therapy in Oakland, CA, and provide telehealth services to folks who reside in different parts of the state.
As of June 2022, I have availability for children and adolescents in my practice. My adult client slots are currently filled.
Welcome to Holistic Family Therapy.
Whether you know exactly what you're looking for in therapy or are just starting out, I look forward to meeting you in your journey.
I work primarily with families who embody, hold, and live with different marginalized identities. I invite you to bring all of your identities into the therapy space.
Therapy with me could look like:
weekly individual meetings with the child, with periodic joint meetings with kids and caregivers, or
weekly family therapy
The difference between individual therapy for your child and family therapy is that with the former, I am primarily your child's therapist and I work with you to support your child with what they need. We might focus on things like:
figuring out difficult feelings
identity exploration (especially intersections between different identities)
navigating stress and trauma as a BIPOC person
managing anxiety and depression
Based on your child's age, therapy could be play therapy, talk therapy, or a combination.
There is no one way to be a family, and each family has its own ways to maintain balance and structure. When it becomes clear that things are no longer working to support the family, such as in the event of a major life change, that's where I come in.
As a family therapist, I work with the entire family on shared goals. I work with you to figure out what these are. Some examples are:
improving communication between family members
setting appropriate boundaries at home
working through conflict in a way that brings people closer together
supporting caregivers work through how they were parented as they parent their own children
exploring shifts in roles or phase of life changes, such as having two caregivers transition into full-time work, or having a child become a pre-teen
helping once-separate families blend into one
facilitating overall stronger, positive connections
Together we figure out what the best configuration for your family's needs will be. In most cases, we have everyone in the family involved as much as possible. If there are any concerns about this, such as scheduling conflicts that might mean someone cannot make all of the sessions, let's talk about this at the beginning so that we're set up for as much consistency as possible.
In addition to therapy, I offer parenting skills classes and mindfulness classes. They are offered separately from therapy. When reaching out, please specify which services you're interested in.
In my work, I value being thoughtful, curious, direct and collaborative. I use deep, reflective listening and a nonjudgmental approach to provide a safe environment for you to share your experiences. I join with you and your family to understand your unique values, rituals, and cultural beliefs.
I am a certified Dialectical Behavioral Therapist. This means that in our therapy, we practice mindfulness (calling attention to the present moment without judgment), build coping skills, learn how to appropriately assert our needs, and address patterns of behavior that once served a purpose but are no longer doing what they need to do. DBT is rooted in calling on your existing strengths and finding solutions that make sense for your unique needs.
Drawing from my additional mindfulness training from MNDFL, I focus on how complex trauma impacts our bodies, such as through our physical sensations (e.g., headaches, belly aches, knots in our chest), our sleeping patterns, and our overall capacity to navigate daily challenges. Together we slow things down and learn how to listen to what our bodies are trying to communicate, especially when it comes to our needs around healing past and present hurt.
You are the guide to your own transformation.
I grew up on Long Island in New York in a first-generation immigrant family from Barbados. I have been living in The Bay for twenty years and previously lived as an ex-pat in Hong Kong (SAR), and Taiwan. I am a Black, light-skinned, older, queer, femme. My work is informed by my lived experience with these various intersecting identities. Prior to working as a therapist, I was an elementary school teacher and a pediatrician (I am no longer licensed or practicing medicine). I use she/her pronouns. I am a parent of three now-grown children, and a small dog named Otis.
I received my Masters in Counseling from The Wright Institute in Berkeley. For several years, I worked with children and their families at a public elementary school in West County. I am pleased to now offer therapy through my private practice, where I continue my love of working with children and families.
My values as a therapist are rooted in inclusivity, respect, and self-awareness. I bring humor, metaphor, and a feminist perspective to our time together. As a trauma-informed therapist, I prioritize co-creating a safe and grounded space that allows for authentic connection.
Individual child therapy: 50 minutes / $180.00
Family therapy: 80 minutes / $220.00
Parenting skills class: 50 minutes / $200.00
Mindfulness session: 50 minutes / $150.00
Payment is done through IvyPay, a HIPAA-compliant service made specifically for therapists. You do not need to download the app in order to use it.
I do not belong to any insurance panels and do not accept insurance as a form of payment. Payment is required at the time of session. I can provide a superbill for your use as needed. Please check with your insurance companies before using a Superbill for possible out-of-network reimbursement.
Under the No Surprises Act of 2022, you have the right to request and receive “Good Faith Estimate.” This estimate outlines approximately how much your mental health care will cost. This law was passed for clients who are uninsured or who are not using insurance to pay for services. You can ask for a Good Faith Estimate before your first session. If your bill is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill. Please make sure to save a copy or screenshot of your original Good Faith Estimate. Keep in mind that it can be challenging to know the exact cost of sessions, as we cannot anticipate the length of therapy, and sessions may be missed or more sessions might be scheduled. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises or call (800) 985-3059.
Experience and Training
National Association of Black Counselors (NABC)
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
Master's of Counseling, The Wright Institute, Berkeley CA